Film Studies

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The Minor

The Film Studies Minor offered through Thurgood Marshall College provides students an exciting opportunity to examine the many facets of American and International cinema. Students interested in exploring cinema as a multidimensional art medium will engage in the analysis of cinematic works of various forms. Study of film genres, history, theories, directors, cultural perspectives, and more allows students to gain a robust understanding of cinema as a historical and contemporary means of expression. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor provides investigation of cinematic art through its connection to related fields such as communication, literature, sociology and visual arts. Students pursuing the Film Studies Minor exhibit a wide range of interests, from those who plan graduate study in film to those who simply wish to understand better this powerful and influential medium.

The Film Studies Minor is a scholarly enterprise rather than a hands-on, art-making endeavor. It does not offer classes in filmmaking, video production, or working with film equipment.


The minor requires completion of seven courses (twenty-eight units), at least five of which must be upper division. The seven courses chosen must be selected from at least two different departments.

COMM 103F. How to Read a Film (4)

COMM 106F. Film Industry (4)

COMM 137. Black Women Filmmakers (4)

COMM 140. Cinema in Latin America (4)

COMM 141. African Cinema (4)

COMM 142. Cuban Cinema  (4)

ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film (4)

HIEA 133. Twentieth Century China: Cultural History (4)

HIUS 122. History and Hollywood: America and the Movies since the Great Depression

LTWL 4A-B-C-D-E-M. Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century Societies (4-4-4-4-4)

LTAF 120. Literature and Film of Modern Africa (4)

LTEA 120A. Chinese Films (4)

LTEA 120B. Taiwan Films (4)

LTEA 120C. Hong Kong Films (4)

LTWL 180. Film Studies and Literature: Film History (4)

LTWL 181. Film Studies and Literature: Film Movement (4)

LTWL 183. Film Studies and Literature: Director's Work (4)

LTWL 184. Film Studies and Literature: Close Analysis of Filmic Text (4)

SOCI 105. Ethnographic Film: Media Methods (4)

SOCI 172. Films and Society (4)

SOCI 187. African Societies through Film (4)

TDGE 10. Theatre and Film (4)

TDGE 11. Great Performances on Film (4)

TDGE 122. Films of Woody Allen (4)

TDGE 124. Cult Films: Weirdly Dramatic (4)

TDHT 116. Old Myths in New Films (4)

TDPW 104. Screenwriting (4)

VIS 84. History of Film (4)

VIS 150. History and Art of the Silent Cinema (4)

VIS 151. History of the Experimental Film (4)

VIS 152. Film in Social Context (4)

VIS 153. The Genre Series (4)

VIS 154. Hard Look at the Movies (4)

VIS 155. The Director Series (4)

VIS 156N. Special Problems in Film History and Theory (4)